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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-09-2011, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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Enjoying my light-sport-tourer

I own and ride a GL1800, and an ST1300.
Both are fine touring machines.

I popped for a Versys in order to try out something lighter, yet still capable of day-long touring. The dealer had pre-installed two Trax boxes and SW Motec engine guards.

I've had it out on a hand full of 250 and 500 mile rides, plus ridden to the Hell's Canyon Rally this year, in which we rode 250+ mile days for each of 4 days, including one day with about 100 miles on gravel. It's a fun bike. No regrets.

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I am currently looking for an ST1300, as a trip out west for 3 weeks in 2012 is planned. We could probably do it on a Versys, but I imagine a much more enjoyable trip on a ST1300 as we will be riding 2 up. Any suggested mods for the ST1300?

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I really like the St1300 too...probably will be my second bike someday...most likely a used one. Welcome
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A lot of really great riding you can do on the Versys around there. Nestucca River, Parrot Mountain, Coral Creek, all would be possibly doable on the ST but definitely more fun on the V. Welcome to the Forum.
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farkling an ST1300

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I am currently looking for an ST1300, as a trip out west for 3 weeks in 2012 is planned. We could probably do it on a Versys, but I imagine a much more enjoyable trip on a ST1300 as we will be riding 2 up. Any suggested mods for the ST1300?
The crowd at www.st-owners.com are the best resource I've found for advice on farkling an ST1300.

I find the Air Hawk seat cushion to really take the edge off in the saddle. Day-long rides of 500 or more miles are no issue.

My most ambitious farkle is an electronic cruise control. The Audiovox unit has been discontinued for a while now, so might be a challenge to find. My install is quite sanitary, with a couple of buttons integrated right on the switch housing above the start button. For only about a C-note, I got push-button cruise which holds the speed under all conditions, and safely releases immediately upon touching either brake or the clutch.

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